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File photo: FRSC officials at a crash site

The Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) has advised passengers to caution drivers who indulge in over speeding especially during these ember months.

The Public Education Officer, FRSC Ogun, Route Commander Florence Okpe gave this advice in an exclusive chat with Safety Record on Wednesday.

She noted that any driver that fails to heed such warnings should be reported to the corps for appropriate action.

“And if he insists, you can just call our 122 line and report the vehicle to the nearest command. By the time we flag him down we know what punishment we can mete to such driver,” Okpe.

She disclosed that three factors – environmental, mechanical and human – were responsible for all road crashes on the road.

Okpe said, “The human factor is the driver; the environmental factor is the road and the mechanical factor is the vehicle.

“These three things put in place, if they are well managed, will reduce road traffic crashes.”

According to her, road crashes may not always be preventable but obeying simple rules like not overtaking in a bend, not over speeding and not exceeding 50 kilometre per hour speed limit in a construction zone will reduce crashes significantly.

“All those things lead to road-traffic crashes and those are all problems of the drivers.

“What we are looking at is just to enlighten them to know that if you obey these simple rules, nothing will happen to you.

“Even when a crash occurs, it can only lead to some injuries, instead of loss of life,” she noted.

She added, “For the passengers also, they should know their rights when they’re in a vehicle. When the driver is over speeding, they should be able to tell the driver not to over speed.

“And if he insists, you can just call our 122 line and report the vehicle to the nearest command. And by the time we flag him down we know what punishment we can mete to such driver.

“And on the environmental factor, the roads are bad. You should have adequate knowledge of the road before you embark on any trip.

“And being that these roads are bad, you should not over speed especially during rainy season when you know that if rain is falling the roads will be flooded with water.

“These are the things we really want to talk to the people about especially on these ember months: that they should drive safely and avoid things that can lead them into crashes.”

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